choosing wisely

Cancer Death Rate Down for Colon, Breast and Prostate

Posted on 01/9/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEn español I The good news about the cancer death rate over the past 20 years is that it’s dropped 20 percent, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The report, published in the American Cancer Society’s journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, says the decline translates to roughly 1.3 million people who avoided dying from the disease between 1991, when the death rate hit its peak, and 2010. Much of that progress, notes the report, …

Your Role in “Choosing Wisely”

Posted on 06/12/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health | Public Policy InstituteHave you ever been prescribed an antibiotic to fight a cold or flu virus, even if you knew that such medicines are not designed to fight viruses?   What if your doctor recommends a treatment that you think is not necessary?  Today, thanks to the Choosing Wisely campaign, you can be better prepared for such challenging conversations, and together with your health team you can carefully weigh treatment choices. AARP is a partner in this campaign, which promotes thoughtful conversations between patients, caregivers …

Learning to Say No to Doctors

Posted on 03/8/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThrough a post on the New York Times’ New Old Age blog, I learned of a great initiative by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to help patients understand they’re allowed to just say “no.” The effort is called “Choosing Wisely,” and it’s bringing together many medical specialties to help patients and doctors understand when specific tests and treatments do — and don’t — make sense. (AARP also has covered the program). If you’ve spent any time helping …